"We are taking it one game at a time," Robinson said.
Robinson said the Hogs "looked sharp at practice" Wednesday. They appeared to be mostly healthy. Joe Adams, who missed two weeks because of a mild stroke, was at practice for the second straight day. Rudell Crim shed the yellow "no-contact" jersey he wore Tuesday. Also working Wednesday were Lucas Miller (out Tuesday) and Michael Smith.
As to how the Hogs have improved on defense, Robinson said, "We are running to the football and we are opportunistic. We have forced fumbles and we have recovered them. We've worked hard on pressuring the quarterback. We have gotten off the field on third down."
That's true. The Hogs have been opportunistic. It's a simple result with a simple premise.
"It starts with the front seven," Robinson said. "Our defensive line and linebackers are playing better. They have been outstanding, our front. Our linebackers -- Freddy Burton, Wendel Davis, Jerry Franklin and Jerico Nelson -- have done a great job of creating havoc.
"The things you've seen us do are the things we've stressed and demanded. We have played well on first and second down, got them in third and long. It's hard to defend third and short. We've gotten them in third and long and that's helped us tee off."
Actually, it may start at the two inside tackle positions. Robinson likes what he sees of Malcolm Sheppard and D.D. Jones, the starters at the inside slots in the front four. He praised their work, and that of their coach, Bobby Allen. Allen said it's just a matter of preparation.
"We've worked and worked on our technique," Allen said. "Technique and playing hard. We talk about playing hard every down. We've tried to keep them fresh and rotate guys to maintain that effort. But you have to play with technique, too.
"I think what you see with our guys up front is that we are playing with our hands better. That helps us get off blocks. That's what we stress every day, every play, use your hands, get off blocks. Then, it comes down to getting to the football and running hard."
There have been six play at the inside spots. Zack Stadther, Alfred Davis, Patrick Jones and Lavunce Askew have played inside, too. Stadther and Davis were the relief tackles against Florida.
"We've used as many as five in a game," Allen said. "We thought Alfred was better at playing an anchor point against the dive like Florida used. And, we used Patrick and Lavunce against Texas A&M. We played five that day because A&M passed so much and we were rushing a passer a lot. All six have done some good things at times."
The focus this week is to stop the run.
"Really, that never changes in the SEC," Allen said. "You better stop the run first. What you do at the point of attack is so crucial. If you don't stop the run, then nothing else matters.
"Obviously, we also want to rush the passer, get some pressure. We are doing that more now. We are getting some pressure inside, too, but we are seeing a lot of double teams inside in pass rush situations."
Sheppard has improved his senior year in all areas, but discipline has been the major breakthrough.
"You know you are going to get great effort from Malcolm," Allen said. "He has an explosion off the football. And, he's going to chase the ball. But what we've asked him to do is be sound in his gap control. He's improved his fundamentals. I'd say he still has a ways to go, but he's better. He is playing within the defense more."
And, that's helped the linebackers.
"You can see that," Allen said. "I think our guys up front and the linebackers are playing better together. They understand their job and their assignments. They know that if they do their job, the man behind them is going to do his job and how it all works together in a mesh. And, the linebackers are playing better in their understanding of what is happening with their linemen in front of them.
"When you start to understand scheme, then you start to play faster. You get more hats to the ball just by playing your own gap and spot. It all starts with better individual technique."
Robinson said that's understanding leads to faster and quicker decisions.
"When you hear me say we are playing faster, that's what we are talking about," Robinson said. "If you are sound in your technique, it's all going to be better. You play your technique and handle your job,"
The Hogs know what to expect from Ole Miss.
"I have followed their quarterback for a long time," safety Matt Harris said. "I watched him in high school and followed him when he went to Texas. He's got a great arm and is a great player. I have great respect for Jevan Snead."
Robinson and Allen know the Rebels are multiple. While they have not used their single wing "Wildcat Formation" as much this year, the Hogs will have to work against it in practice.
"That's something we have to prepare for, no doubt," Allen said. "We've worked against it this week."
Robinson said, "They are explosive and multiple. They have a talented offense."
Harris said, "When they are in that formation, the Wildcat, you know they have the speed with the back there. That's a tough set. But we see speed every week in the SEC. That's what we saw against Georgia, Alabama, Auburn and Florida. That prepares us for this game."
How do the Hogs guard against a possible letdown against Ole Miss after the near miss at Florida?
"Usually, after a loss, you probably don't gain confidence, but I think we did this last week," Harris said. "It's gotten us excited to know we have improved and how we've done it. We are confident in what we are doing and see the way we have gotten better each week by doing the little things in our scheme.
"I see it every spot on our defense. I see it in our corners, I see it in our linebackers and I see the pressure the defensive front is giving us. You sack Tim Tebow six times -- well, they had five the entire season ahead of our game. We went toe-to-toe with them. That's why we believe.
"Our focus is on Ole Miss, but that game last week gave us more steam."
Is it tough to focus on Ole Miss when there are stories about the officials from the Florida game appearing each day?
"No, we left that stuff on the field, in that game," Harris said. "I think that we all did that. We knew then that we couldn't dwell on any of it. I'm sure some of the guys felt bad when it happened and it upset them, but we left it out there on the field."